Namibia Travel Advice
Best Time to Visit Namibia
May to October winter months are widely regarded as the best time to visit Namibia for game viewing - especially in Etosha National Park - as there is little rain, malaria is at its lowest and the wildlife is concentrated around the sparse water sources. December can be a very rewarding month too. Expect freezing night time temperatures in June and July and very hot temperatures during the months of September and October.
The rainy season occurs during the summer months of November to April which may occasionally bring floods to the desert, making this the better time to visit should you be a keen birder. The Caprivi Strip is best avoided during January and February as this is their peak rainy season and malaria is at its highest.
Namibia’s average summer temperatures are in the region of 15°C to 40°C.
Winter temperatures drop to 0°C and peak around 23°C
Rainy season: October/November to April
Flights & Getting Around
Getting around Namibia is relatively easy as the road infrastructure throughout the country is fairly good, although there are certain routes that require a 4 x 4 vehicle. Car hire and self-drive trips around Namibia are common. Most transfers and game drives are conducted in open 4 x 4 vehicles.
Hosea Kutako International Airport:
Windhoek's major airport is the international gateway, but to get to the country's remote destinations by air you will need to transfer to the capital's second airport - Eros - for charter flights on light aircraft.
Walvis Bay Airport:
The airport is located 15km east of Walvis Bay, and is Namibia's second largest airport. This airport is well located for easy access to Swakopmund and the Skeleton Coast.
Visa & Passport Requirements
Every visitor to Namibia must be in possession of a passport that is valid until six months after the initial date of travel; however no visas are required for citizens of the USA, UK, most European countries (including France, Germany, Italy, Austria, Belgium, Spain and Switzerland), Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Malaysia, Japan and Singapore. Travellers receive entry for 90 days and visas for onward travel can be obtained in Windhoek. All other visitors will require a visa.
All travellers should visit their local travel clinic or doctor 6 weeks before date of departure. There are no mandatory vaccinations for travellers from Europe but the following vaccinations are recommended for all travellers: Hepatitis A, Typhoid, Polio, Hepatitis B, Rabies, Measles and Tetanus . If you are arriving from a country that has a yellow fever area vaccinations are mandatory and proof of immunization is required. Malaria is prevalent in the north-western region of the country and malaria prophylaxis are advised. The quality of tap water is excellent in most places but if you prefer you can buy bottled water or take along water purification tablets.
Namibia's national currency is the Namibian Dollar but travellers can use South African Rands in shops, lodges, markets and restaurants throughout the country. ATM’s are available in Windhoek, Swakopmund, Luderitz, Tsumeb, and other towns and cities. Visa and Mastercard credit cards are generally accepted throughout Namibia though holders of other credit cards are advised to check whether their card is acceptable before travel. Self-drivers should note that credit cards are not accepted at petrol stations and cash is the preferred method of payment.
Although tipping for good service is appreciated in upmarket tourist establishments, it is officially prohibited in national parks and reserves. When visiting restaurants and bars, a service charge is usually added to the bill for you. If not, then a 10% gratuity is standard.
What to Pack
Temperatures in Namibia vary depending on the region and season but in general days are hot and nights can be unexpectedly chilly, so we advise packing clothes that you can layer. Cool, cotton fabrics in neutral colours are advised for the daytime and a warm jacket for morning and evening game drives. Comfortable walking shoes or hiking boots are a must for exploring the vast countryside. Don’t forget your sunblock and binoculars!